Both contact and noncontact sports have their basics as to how one should play the actual game. From postures, positions, and alike, every recreational activity has their own way of proper execution – and golf, obviously, is not in any way different.
Golf essentially is a pastime in which players hit small balls with the use of clubs into a series of holes in a few strokes as possible. It literally sounds so easy and direct that some people do not even find it interesting whatsoever to begin with, but the truth states otherwise. You see, it takes more than just two materials alone for you to successfully engage in a match or two. Because for the most part, it certainly needs nothing more than practice, and a lot of it too. And to help you get on with it, here are the steps to achieve that perfect swing:
- An important thing to remember would be to maintain your balance in the whole process. To do this, concentrate your weight right in the middles of your feet by (1) pushing your hips backwards, (2) angling your spine toward the ball, and (3) flexing your knees ever so lightly. These three can then provide you with good posture and stability which should help you in the succeeding phases. Additionally, see to it that your right side is further down than your left, the ball is in a row with the left side of your face, and the clubface is eyeing the target.
- After you accomplish the appropriate pose and equilibrium, you then want to focus on this order: clubhead, hands, arms, shoulders, and hips. Next is to keep your right arm adjacent to your right side and with that being said, try not to obligate yourself in doing a straight-back takeaway because that is nearly impossible. Now, hands passing the right leg would mean shifting the weight to the opposite direction which is the right. And when the club is already in parallel with the ground, it should also do the same with the target line. Why? Well, that signifies that the club is swinging on the correct arc. Furthermore, the clubface should be toe up by that point.
- HALFWAY BACK. I have mentioned that a straight-back takeaway should not be forced into action. To mend it though, let us primarily master the halfway back technique which should not be that difficult to drill. As your weight continues to go to the right side of your body, the club and your left arm should create a 90-degree angle. Take into consideration the position of your left arm as it should be slightly above your right to ensure that the latter is not dominating the swing. The shaft which is in parallel to the target line as stated in stage 2 should begin to progress around the body with the help of your shoulders’ rotation and the pulling of your hips into the swing.
- Assuming that you have done everything properly and your wrists are pivoted at halfway back, easily turn your shoulders and hips for the completion of a backswing. For your left arm and right elbow, they should stay straight but not rigid and should point to the ground respectively. Allow your swing to reach 11 o’clock while supporting the weight of the club at the same time.
- HALFWAY DOWN. To attain the downswing, move your left knee and hip over the left foot. This allows your arms to fall smoothly and guides the right elbow to the front of the right hip. The lower body will then be responsible to execute the forward shift, keeping your head behind the ball. Avoid bunting the club from the top and keep your wrist at pivot as you begin.
- THE HIT. Upon impact, clear your left hip by turning it open in a continuous manner. Your chest should not be overly rotated as well, get it to face the ball instead which enables your hips to pull your shoulders. Straighten your lift side and move the opposite end forward. Plus, your wrists must be in different positions – the left being flat and the right being bent. Furthermore, the swing’s range shall only be at full length right after the ball has been hit. When it comes to the hit, the type of golf ball you use makes a huge difference. Whether you use the Volvik golf ball, Titliest, Project A, or even a Vice golf ball, it is definitely something to keep in mind when trying to perfect your golf swing.
- FOLLOW-THROUGH. This is now the stage where the target has already been banged and all that you need to do is follow the direction of the ball with your club. You should be able to do so by extending your arms and lowering your shoulder on the right. However, this is not the end of the whole process. The reason for this is only to initiate the movement of the club to go back to the inside. Moreover, kick your right knee inward to close its gap with the left while straightening your left leg to create a firm structure to bat against.
- This is now the denouement of the story, if you may. The right shoulder by this time is the one closest to the subject with the hands placed behind the head and arms gently folded. Also, have your right foot up on its toes to transfer all the weight to your left heel and feel the release of your full upper-body and the return of your balance as you had in number 1.
Above all of these steps, tips, and tricks, always bear in mind that golf is meant to be fun. Do not focus too much on what is wrong and what is not because at the end of the day, nothing can really be considered perfect on how activities should be done, hence do what you love to do and enjoy the totality of the game’s concept. In fact, no matter what you are playing, it all goes down to how happy you can get during and after the pastime, and not the flawlessness of your tactics to win.
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